Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm a YouTube Partner

I got an e-mail from YouTube a few days ago:

As you may have heard, we're expanding the YouTube Partner Program and we thought you may be a good candidate. Becoming a partner will enable you to participate in ad revenue sharing and new syndication opportunities.

It went on to tell me where to sign up and such. It's been open to the public for quite some time, but I never bothered to apply for whatever reason. When I got this e-mail though, I figured I'd go ahead and sign up to see what would become of it. I was pleased when I was approved. This means ads get shown on my YouTube channel, and YouTube shares a portion of the revenue earned from those ads with me. From what I keep hearing, it's really difficult to become a YouTube partner, so I feel for the first time that maybe my efforts on YouTube haven't been a waste after all.

My plans are to sort of "relaunch" my channel. This means getting rid of a vast majority of my videos and focusing purely on videos that will retain visits to my channel rather than doing completely random videos with little effort put towards them. I have nearly 500 subscribers right now, so I want to make the effort worth my time. I already have my first new video in 7 months filmed, but I'm tweaking some things on it before making it public.

For anyone reading this who has visited my channel in the past and been supportive of my efforts, I am grateful for it!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Break is Here!

The fall semester is officially over! Here are the results: I got a 2.786 GPA for the semester (a tad bit disappointing, but not bad), and my overall GPA is now up to 2.565 from 2.496 in the summer. So things are good!

The bad part is I don't know that I will have enough money to go back in the spring to finish up and get a degree. I have never been this strapped for cash in my life. Luckily I am a saver at heart, but it doesn't help all that much if there's not much there to save.

I'm keeping my head up though. I'll probably figure something out, and if not, I can always finish up in the summer.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cash Budgets

I was freaking out. Here I have my financial management final that I'm doing from home, and my professor asks us to do a cash budget. I did this on a previous test, and it took me forever to get it. I completely forgot how to do it, and so I was searching through my book trying to figure out anything I could.

Of course, the book is one of the worst text books I have ever seen -- it doesn't explain much about anything, and what it does explain isn't explained so people like me can understand.

I finished the exam though. I probably didn't get an A on it, and perhaps I didn't get a B either. I'll be happy with a C though. As a matter of fact, I'll be glad when all my classes are completed!

That reminds me, I got a 90 average for my bowling class. I checked his grading, and a 91 would have gotten me a C for skills. So I'm guessing I have a D. I have to work really hard to ace the exam on Wednesday (which I thought was today since he didn't tell anyone.)

It's been a long day!